Kitzhaber Campaign Manager's $42,000 Paycheck


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Veteran political consultant Patricia McCaig served as Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's campaign manager in the months leading up to last Tuesday's election victory for the Democratic candidate. Today's filings with the state show McCaig got a $42,000 "win bonus" for guiding the campaign to victory. Paying campaign staffers for victory is not unheard of around the country—New York City Mayor ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tom Hughes Establishes A Road Map for Future Candidates


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There are at least a couple of interesting lessons in Tom Hughes' narrow victory over Bob Stacey in the Metro Council president's race. That victory, finally decided on Nov. 11, ended up with a difference of less than one percentage point—about 1,000 votes out of nearly 400,000 counted. As noted earlier, the unusually high number of write-in votes far exceeded Hughes' margin of victory. Here ...   More
 
Monday, November 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Thing Chris Dudley Can be Thankful For


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Unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley has gotten criticism for the decisions made by his campaign against Democrat John Kitzhaber. But one decision Dudley is unlikely to be kicking himself for was his choice not to put any of the money that he accumulated during his 16-year NBA career into his first political run. According to a report this week by the National Institute ...   More
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010 HANK STERN

A Major Profile of a Minor Player in the Oregon Governor Race


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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a bit role in the recently concluded governor's race in Oregon. GOP candidate Chris Dudley brought in the New Jersey Republican's spokeswoman to work for him. Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber surprised us in his WW endorsement interview when he praised Christie for identifying some of the embedded costs in state government. And Christie flew to Oregon in ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Turkey Eaten, Kitzhaber Will Set About Axing Agency Heads


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While many of us worried on Thanksgiving only about eating and drinking too much, a cadre of highly-paid Oregon state employees probably had a lot more on their minds yesterday. That's because when Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber returns next week to the work of preparing for his third term as governor, he'll be delivering some unpleasant news. Back in September, Kitzhaber convened reporters for the ...   More
 
Friday, November 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Republicans Request Partial Governor's Race Recount in Multnomah County (Updated With Precinct Locations and GOP Chair Bob Tiernan's Comment)


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The Oregon Republican Party has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race. The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst. A ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Historical Society Names Tymchuk Interim Director


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The Oregon Historical Society today named Kerry Tymchuk its interim executive director. Tymchuk is the consummate political insider, have served as a longtime top aide to former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and ghost-written books for Smith and other powerful Oregonians. Most recently, Tymchuk worked for CFM, a local lobbying and public relations firm. And he played a major behind-the-scenes ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Waits For Multnomah County (UPDATED with Kitzhaber remarks)


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  Seven weeks ago, Steve Marks, a longtime aide to Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber, was worried about the strength and financial advantage Republican nominee Chris Dudley was displaying. “I was nervous,” Marks said in a sweltering Hilton Hotel ballroom Tuesday evening at Kitzhaber’s election night party. Shouting above Bruce Springsteen, Marks added ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Republicans Hoping Cinderella Slipper Fits Dudley at Rose Garden. UPDATE: Dudley Tell Backers, “There’s No Doubt Which Way It’s Going.”


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Update, 11:25 pm: Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley, leading a tight race against Democrat John Kitzhaber, walked downstairs at the Rose Garden after 11 pm tonight to tell his supporters that final results would probably not be known until tomorrow. But he said those final results will show him the winner. “Sometimes good things just have to wait,” Dudley declared to a throng ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 AARON MESH

If You Haven’t Decided Who To Vote For...


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

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